Saxon Releases Video “The Pilgrimage” As New Album Carpe Diem Nears Release Date

COVER ART BY PAUL R. GREGORY

Thursday, February 3, 2022 – Hot on the heels of their 40th Anniversary Castles and Eagles shows at sold out venues (iconic Manchester O2 Apollo and London Hammersmith Eventim Apollo), British Heavy Metal legends Saxon release the third single, “The Pilgrimage”, taken from their new album, Carpe Diem (OUT February 4th via Silver Lining Music).

“Pilgrimage is a fantastic word” says Byford, “People go on pilgrimages all the time, not just in a historical or religious sense, but it’s about going and visiting either a place that you feel is special in your life or somebody that’s meant something in your life. You can go on a pilgrimage to go see your great grandfather who died in the First World War for instance. They’re journeys of great weight and importance.”

SAXON – The Pilgrimage

Not resting on their laurels, SAXON have recently announced a string of UK dates to their SEIZE THE DAY WORLD TOUR:

FRI 11 NOV – Ipswich Regent Theatre
SAT 12 NOV – Southampton O2 Guildhall
SUN 13 NOV – Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
MON 14 NOV – Cardiff St. David’s Hall
TUE 15 NOV – Bath Forum
WED 16 NOV – Cambridge Corn Exchange
FRI 18 NOV – Newcastle O2 City Hall
SAT 19 NOV – Backburn King George’s Hall
SUN 20 NOV – Aberdeen Music Hall
MON 21 NOV – Glasgow Barrowland
TUE 22 NOV – Hull City Hall
WED 23 NOV – York Barbican
FRI 25 NOV – Leicester De Montfort Hall
SAT 26 NOV – London Roundhouse

General Ticket sales start 4th February at 10 AM UK Time at https://myticket.co.uk/artists/saxon
*European dates soon to be announced

Produced by Andy Sneap (Judas Priest, Exodus, Accept and Priest guitarist) at Backstage Recording Studios in Derbyshire with Byford and Sneap mixing and mastering, Carpe Diem strikes the ear as one of the most essential British metal statements of the last few years and not lacking in pace or bite, an album which will ignite the joy in stalwart supporters and attract a whole new legion to the Saxon fold.

Saxon – Carpe Diem (Seize The Day)

“Utterly brilliant, utterly essential, go get yourself a copy” – POWER PLAY

“Saxon present with Carpe Diem another immediately igniting classic heavy metal album.
For sure with long-term effect!” – CLASSIC ROCK

“Carpe Diem is the most self-contained, compositionally compact, solid and strongest album for some time and a declaration of love to the classic British Heavy Metal. Go and get this record!” – METAL HAMMER

“Carpe Diem overall serves as a testament that Saxon still has plenty of bullets left in their guns and showcases a band entering their fifth decade of existence with fire still burning.” – BLABBERMOUTH

“With hard riffs, embedded in ‘liquid’ guitar melodies Saxon is presenting
their new songs within the sound of the 2020’s. A lot of speed, energy and a bit aggression as well!” – GOOD TIMES

“Carpe Diem provides the listener a perfect equation into the chemistry that has made Saxon so successful for so many years. The riffs on the album demonstrate how bands like Metallica found Saxon to be so influential. – BRUTAL PLANET

“Carpe Diem is Saxon’s most energetic record since as long as we can remember” – AARDSCHOK

“Carpe Diem, the mighty Saxon hit the bullseye again!” – HARD ROCK

“Carpe Diem by Saxon makes every minute count on this masterpiece of blazing metal music.
This legendary British heavy metal band continues to create music that stays true to form, yet is vibrant and extremely satisfying” – METAL WANI

“Carpe Diem is a relentless breakout of traditional Heavy Metal. Even after 23 studio albums the brits can deliver metal of maximum quality” – METAL HAMMER

“Quick question – how does a heavy metal band survive for over 6 decades?
Answer – release albums like Carpe Diem, that’s how!!! – KICKASS FOREVER

“Seemingly unable to write a bad album even if their lives depended on it, Saxon deliver
the goods once again” – GHOST CULT MAGAZINE

“Thanks to their view to the future, along with a fine sound production, made by Andy Sneap, the vision of
Carpe Diem looks to me like a sheer success, a definite addition to the band’s grand legacy” – METAL TEMPLE

SAXON
BIFF BYFORD – Vocals
PAUL QUINN – Guitar
NIGEL GLOCKLER – Drums
DOUG SCARRATT – Guitar
NIBBS CARTER – Bass

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